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Cockfight (2001)

COCKFIGHT is a voyage into the underground world of rooster fighting. The film chronicles the harrowing and hilarious adventures of three wildly different characters. The first, Manuel, is ... See full summary »


Tiller Russell

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Larry Cook Larry Cook ... Himself
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Clara Godfrey Clara Godfrey ... Herself
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COCKFIGHT is a voyage into the underground world of rooster fighting. The film chronicles the harrowing and hilarious adventures of three wildly different characters. The first, Manuel, is a salty 73-year old who attends illegal cockfights in California and fights to preserve the ancient but embattled sport. The second, Clara, is a vibrant Latina who was forced to quit cockfighting when the sport was outlawed in Arizona. The third, Larry, is a firebrand ex-patriot exiled to Mexico where he fights roosters for a living. Cockfight pierces the veil of secrecy that cloaks this enormously popular yet controversial activity. By bringing you in contact with people whose daily lives are defined by cockfighting, the film seeks to demonstrate how people can draw meaning, value and humor from something many see as savage and barbaric. Written by Tiller Russell and Loren Mendell

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A voyage into the underground world of rooster fighting.



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Rated R for violence, sexuality and language






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March 2001 (USA) See more »

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Arivaca, Arizona, USA See more »

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The action and pulp of a Tarantino film, but with insight and social importance.
29 September 2003 | by codysamuelsSee all my reviews

I saw this at a screening in L.A. and was extremely impressed. And from someone who sees a great many documentaries, that's a huge compliment. It's an insightful, hugely entertaining and engrossing film that approaches the cockfighting world from all angles and without bias. Lesser filmmakers would have tried to push their own personal agenda, but these guys rose above partisanship, making the debate about cockfighting's humanity -- or lack thereof -- something you can, and do, argue about long after the movie is over. The access the filmmakers got to this world blew my mind. The action sequences of the cockfighting itself are so well shot and cut that you can't look away even when you want to. These guys bring you into backalley fights and seamy contests and into chicken factories and more...some places you want to see, others you don't at first but are later glad you did. What a brilliant subject to explore. What's more, it was beautifully shot and edited. All in all, excellent. If you have the chance, see it.

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